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Contest Image Welcome to the December edition of the National Allergy E-Mail Newsletter! We hope you are having a lovely holiday season, and that you were able to take advantage of our Special Holiday Savings issue last month. If not, there are more coupons in this edition, so read on!

Around this time each year, when Christmas is fast approaching, we also begin to look toward the coming year and to think about New Year's Resolutions. The New Year is a wonderful occasion to set goals in any number of areas of your life. Many of you may have health-related goals for 2005, so this month we'll offer you some Strategies For A Healthy New Year to help you start the new year on the right foot. Read on as we discuss the following topics:

If you're new to the newsletter or you'd like to reread any of our newsletters, you can find all of our past issues on our website. In the coming months we'll have more educational articles about the aggravating factors behind allergy, asthma, and sinus problems as well as helpful tips and valuable subscriber-only coupons. To top it off, we're giving away an Austin Air HM-400 Air Purifier, valued at $399.99, to one lucky subscriber every month!


Katie Weaver & The National Allergy Newsletter Team


Strategies For A Healthy New Year

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Making Your Bedroom An Allergy-Safe Zone
Our regular readers have heard this one before, but we cannot emphasize it enough! Doctors agree that the bedroom is the most important area in which to control allergens. With carpeting, mattresses, box springs, pillows, bedding, clothes and upholstered furniture in most of our bedrooms, there is plenty of space for dust mites to hide. Make it your goal to reduce your allergen exposure in the room where you spend the most hours of the day.

  • Cover your mattresses, pillows, box springs and comforters with zippered mite-proof encasings. We've sold millions of them and manufacture most of the fabric encasings we sell right here in Georgia. We stand behind every single one as absolutely mite-proof!
  • Wash sheets, blankets, pillowcases, mattress pads and comforters (if possible) every 10-14 days in hot (140o F) water. Encasings don't need washing as often. Refer to our Encasing Care Page for specific instructions. If you don't want the wear and tear of hot water washes or are concerned about the possible scalding hazard, consider using de-mite Laundry Additive. The active ingredient of this popular product is proven to eliminate dust mite allergen in your clothes and laundry.
  • Remove stuffed toys or use toys that are easily machine-washable like our Allergy Pals stuffed critters. Some doctors recommend putting stuffed toys in sealed bags and placing them in the freezer overnight to kill mites. However, this does not remove the mite allergen like hot-water washing would.
  • Treat upholstered furniture and carpeting with an allergen-reducing treatment spray or power.
  • Vacuum often with a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner. HEPA is a high-tech media with the wonderful ability to filter the air so it removes dust mite allergen, animal dander and pollen that passes through it. Our HEPA vacuums won't kick particles up and back into the air as you clean.
Limiting Your Exposure To Pollen And Animal Dander
I've been using allergy products for a long time (remember, I was my Dad's test subject for all sorts of the items we still sell today), but animal dander is still a big allergy trigger of mine. And even if I manage to avoid cats, this in combination with fall ragweed pollen usually means at least a few sniffles. Here are some healthy tips as you think about avoiding common allergens that you may not have as much control over, like pet dander and pollens.
Reducing The Use Of Household Chemicals
Several studies released in the past couple of years point to the potential dangers of household chemicals. Prolonged exposure has been linked to asthma, among other medical problems. Perhaps your under-sink storage area needs an overhaul in the coming year!
  • Evaluate the cleaning products you use now - do they contain potentially harmful chemicals like phthalates or irritating fragrances you or family members may be sensitive to? It is important not just to see that something is called "Natural" or "Biodegradable", but to know the ingredients are safe.
  • Experiment with some chemical-free cleaning products. EnviroRite household products offer an excellent, truly all-natural way to get almost any job done without using harmful chemicals.
  • Limit your use of other synthetics in your home like pesticides or air fresheners. There are safer alternatives. For example, a mix of borax and sugar in a vented jelly jar is a simple anti-ant recipe. For air freshening this holiday I have taken to simmering some cinnamon sticks, orange peel and cloves for a wonderful Christmas-spice scent.
  • Familiarize yourself with the dangers of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) like formaldehyde, ammonia and benzene, which have been linked to a variety of conditions such as asthma. Evaluate potential VOC sources in your home. For example, if you will be embarking on a painting project in your home this year, look for paints and stains that are low in VOCs. New carpeting also emits VOC's along with some furniture stains and glues. Our Austin Air HealthMate and HealthMate Plus are outfitted with filters to cleanse a room's air of VOC's.
Fending Off Colds And Sinus Infections
Believe it or not, you can take action to defend against the colds and sinus problems that may be awaiting you in 2005. Here's how:
Eating Right And Taking Care Of Your Body
Each year, millions of individuals make commitments to eat right and take care of their bodies in the coming year. It's a good goal to have, especially for the allergy sufferer. Your wellness may not just depend on cleansing your environment of offending allergens, but on making some other lifestyle changes as well.
Getting Adequate Rest
One of the most important parts of taking care of our well being is to give our body the rest it needs. In fact, research presented at the American College of Chest Physicians' annual meeting showed that lack of rest can play a role in both the day and night symptoms of asthma. Lack of sleep can also affect our immune function and cause decreased concentration. Here are some ways to control stress and feel more rested.
You may have already implemented some of these strategies in your life. Though your New Years resolution choices may seem endless, we firmly believe that a consistent commitment to eliminating allergens in your environment and forming habits of wellness will have long-term payoff for you and your family. I hope these tips have given you some ideas for how to accomplish a few of your goals. And whether your resolution is to read more biographies, eat less candy or to implement a wellness lifestyle, I wish you success and patient perseverance. May you and yours have a wonderful holiday season. Happy New Year!

This information is for educational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor first about your specific condition, treatment options and other health concerns you may have.

If you have additional questions about the content in this newsletter, email us at or call one of our phone experts at 1-800-522-1448.


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